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Esin Restaurant and Bar
Esin Restaurant and Bar

Esin Restaurant and Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://EsinRestaurant.com
  • Phone: (925) 314-0974
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday - Thursday 11:30am - 9:00pm: Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 10:00pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Curtis & Esin deCarion
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sycamore Rd
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private lot with parking.
A word from Esin Restaurant and Bar
Esin has been a neighborhood jewel since opening in 1998. The name Esin is not only the name of one of the owners but also means “inspiration”. The food is the passion of Chef & Owners Curtis and Esin deCarion. They strive to create cuisine that is fresh, seasonal, and prepared with great care. The fare is American with bits of Mediterranean influences. The wine list has been recognized by Wine Spectator & Wine Enthusiast magazines. Esin Restaurant & Bar relocated in July of 2008 to the Newest upscale lifestyle center The Rose Garden in Danville. The freshly designed dining room offers warm and comforting tones. Be sure to save room for one of Esin’s fresh made desserts that have become so well known.Continued
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "Took guests from out of town for dinner. Had the pot roast which is a signature dish, salmon and scallops were all perfect. Had to follow with desserts and highly recommend the bread pudding. Never disappointed with a meal at esin."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "There were four of us dining at Esin. All of us thoroughly enjoyed the dinner and atmosphere. We also enjoyed lunch at this restaurant another day. It was equally great."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "As usual an outstanding meal and service. They are the most reliable restaurant in the area."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Waiter friendly and informative. Excellent wine suggestions. Veggies should not be exciting, but these were cooked to perfection. No pressure to finish, 3 1/2 hours went by and we were never pressured."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "I was looking for a new place to celebrate my birthday, and remembered a foodie friend highly recommended Esin. When I went online to view the menu, I was thrilled to see a lovely cheese plate and I decided to make an online reservation then and there. I ended up ordering the cheese for a dessert course after a wonderful meal. The service was spot on. My only comment to the staff was that the cheese should have been served room temperature, not right from cold storage. That resulted in the manager coming to our table...perfect. My husband and I look forward to a return trip."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Everything was prepared beautifully and tasted wonderful. I had a salad which was lightly dressed - perfect. That was followed up by the salmon on a bed of barley and mushrooms with a ring of pesto on the plate. I asked for the salmon to be on the medium rare side and it was cooked to perfection. I came away from dinner feeling very satisfied. I would go back to Esin in a minute."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My husband and I were craving something a bit different, and had not been to Esin in over a year. We had the cheese sampler which was great. There were 2 fish specials for the day, we each got one; he the salmon, I got the seared yellowfin. Both were delicious. I will say the portions were small-allowing room for dessert. In the past I enjoyed the lemon meringue, I should have gotten that again-but was tempted by a lemon raspberry cake, which just didn't compare to their amazing meringue-the husband got a peach/blackberry tart with a crumble topping that was delicious."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Fabulous Food & Staff. Incredible energy and presentation. Wonderful fish and chicken. Dessert YUM!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Esin is a fine dining restaurant that will not disappoint anyone. The chef and staff prepares all with fresh quality choices. Management is excellent, service is excellent, and one will not be disappointed. Complements to all at Esin, every dinning experience has been delightful. MST"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Once again, Esin shines through as an amazing restaurant in the East Bay. Excellent food, excellent service, and a great all around experience. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Fish dishes and squid appetizer were excellent. Our server was a bit strange, fine service but he was a bit out of place for Esin."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I have been to Esin many times and have never experienced a bad meal. It is a wonderful place to bring out-of-town guests with not only great food, but wonderful ambience and service. Remember to always save room for their desserts."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I have been a loyal customer of Esin since their opening of the cafe. I would dine there once to twice a week and recommend them to everyone... please note that this is now based upon my last three visits and not just one off night. Service at Esin has always been attentive and friendly and remains as such. But now to the food... So very disappointing in all aspects, ordered a variety of dishes to be shared so that we could sample as much as possible. To begin burrata, Salumi, etc. all good but not memorable.... Mains steak, pork and the fresh salmon (mine) fish strong and unpleasant which has now been repeated on each visit. Deserts certainly not as impressive as before. Overall three very sub-par meals..."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Meeting friends for dinner they live in Morgan Hill and we live in Hercules. Esin turned out to be the perfect place, the food and drink selections covered everyone's needs and tastes. We could not have been happier, the food, drinks and desserts were all exciting and left us with a new restaurant to recommend. We are very much looking forward to returning!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Really enjoyed the oysters. Great service. Great flatbread."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I've been to Esin many times and plan to keep going back. It's hard not to like good quality food (from appetizers to desserts) that tastes good, is attractively presented, and an adequate size (without being gross in size like some chain restaurants that wrongly equate monster portions with good quality food). As far as entrees are concerned, some creative standards plus a few specials keep things interesting. Ability to sit outside a big plus of Esin's. Some aspects of service were a little slower than expected, but not a big issue."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We have been here many times, and the food is great. But, for some reason, last night was better than ever! The cocktails yummy...tuna appetizer great, and the Lingcod was amazing. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Best desserts in the east bay and the good is always delicious...wonderful salads and entrees."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "First time in Danville. Happened upon Esin as we were staying nearby. What a find! Delicious food, great service, try the Lemon Basil infused Martini"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We wished to celebrate an birthday in an intimate atmosphere, and this restaurant was perfect. We made reservations for two with a note about the occasion, and they seated us at a private little booth. The food and drinks were excellent. Our waitress was attentive without being intrusive, which suited the atmosphere at our table, and she gave us suggestions (not on the menu) which were exactly what we wanted. At the end of the night, one of our desserts was on the house on account of the birthday. I could not recommend this restaurant more."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I took my childhood friend to Esin for her 72nd birthday dinner. We had a wonderful time visiting and enjoying the varied and creative menu samplings. We enjoyed a cocktail before ordering and never felt rushed. She selected the Mary's chicken breast wrapped in filo served on a bed of Israeli Couscous. I LOVED my yellow tail tuna special served on a bed of farro, accompanied by a (another special) salad with grilled mushrooms. We shared another evening special, a banana tart, set in a chocolate cookie crust...OH My!! My friend loved her birthday dinner and I loved sharing it with her. Esin hits the mark every time!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We've been coming to Esin for years & the one constant is that it NEVER disappoints when it comes to food & service. It's always at the top of our list and will continue to be!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Esin never disappoints! Love the food, great wine list and the service is fantastic!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We sat on the patio in 80 degree weather on a July night which was great. The food was ok but not great given the locale and the prices. Specifically the food could have used a little more seasoning (particularly on the lamb kabobs and on the cous cous). The drink menu was a lot of fun. Service was a little slow given the restaurant was not packed. The hostess was super friendly and a joy to be greeted by."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Service far exceeded expectation, as well as the food!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Great creative menu and friendly conscientious service! Try the Grilled Prawn Cobb Salad...a real winner...dressed lightly and full of flavors with crisp smoked bacon."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Good food and great dessert! A great place for special occasions. The scallop dish and New York Steak were excellent."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Four old friends recently met here for drinks and dinner, brought our own wine. Great atmosphere, super bar/wine service, and absolutely great food and dessert. We loved the scallops. A place you can count on to excel."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "This was our first time at this establishment. Food is very good. The service was excellent. Our waitress was friendly, attentive, and efficient. She would check in with us as the lunch progressed, but not so much at it disturbed our meal. She had perfect timing. Thanks for the good experience."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "It is always a given, we have a great dinning experience at Esin. Don't ever skip dessert here."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We always enjoy Esin, it's ambience, service and food, and this Sunday night was no exception. After delicious cocktails at the bar, we enjoyed dinner seated in one of the comfy booths. My husband loved the Sunday Prime Rib special I loved the Salmon special, followed by a delicious lemon meringe pie with a ginger snap crust. All's well as Esin!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We were four people for dinner, and we ordered multiple courses. Usually, in a meal with that many options exercised, there is a dish or two that misses the mark, but for our meal every dish was great - tasty, balanced, delicious. Additionally, our waiter was charming and friendly without being intrusive. It was a memorable meal, and a great evening."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food, the service, the ambiance -- flawless. We are grateful for this neighborhood gem."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Wonderful menu with seasonal inspirations; great service and wine selections! Recommend it highly!! Noted for delicious desserts too!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Esin is our go-to restaurant when celebrating work birthdays-delicious food, drinks and desserts every single time! Once small caution-the main dining room has very high ceilings-it's somewhat loud in there with all the conversations echoing about. We had a hard time hearing our server the last time we were in."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Great food, attentive service and a wonderful wine list. What more can you ask? The pot roast was moist and tender and the lamb shish kebab was fantastic. The vegetables complimented each meal perfectly. The pinot noir wine trio was wonderful and the sauvignon blanc was perfect with the caesar salad. All-in-all a memorable evening. We were particularly impressed with the entire staff, from the person who seated us to the bus boys and wait staff, everyone was focused on our enjoyment rather than just doing their job. It was a real dining pleasure. Now I understand why everyone in town has told us this is Danville's premier restaurant."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "One of the best meals yet at Esin where we dine once or twice a month. Abandoning our prejudice of never eating salmon in a restaurant we both opted for the salmon special. What a delightful surprise it was with the delicately cooked fish sitting on greens accompanied on each side by large croquettes with soft potato/parmesan centers. The lemon meringue tart rounded out this spectacular meal."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We hadn't been to Esin for awhile and decided to take someone here for dinner, given our previous experience at this restaurant. All of us thoroughly enjoyed our entrees. One of us ordered two appetizers (for dinner), the oysters and french onion soup. Another ordered one of the special entrees for the day, risotto with chicken and peas; and I ordered the pot roast, which I've wanted to try for awhile. Although I didn't try any of the other meals, the pot roast was outstanding. It was more than fork tender, and the sauce was incredible. It was served over a cream bed of mashed potatoes with some sautéed greens on the side (not even sure what they were, but they were delicious). Another wonderful experience at Esin!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Came here quite a few years ago so I was expecting that maybe Esin improved, but unfortunately I cannot say that it has gotten better. This restaurant has such potential, but cannot put it all together. I cannot recommend this restaurant to fellow diners."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I mentioned our anniversary on Open Table reservation... and EVERYONE.. from the hostess to the buss boy gave us a "happy anniversary". Service was excellent and food was very good. We ordered Cheese for dessert... and even though it wasn't in the "anniversary" free category... were not charged. My husband and I...given the opportunity of cheese will always go that way... I know a free creme brulee or whatever would have been better for them...but...we were given our first choice (which we were ready to pay for.. ) but..Very classy place!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014